How to Change hyphens into dashes in MS Word - Image by Free Photos from PixabayYou probably have seen some documents where there are rather elegant long hyphens, you know the little horizontal bar that floats half way up the height of a character. You can get this in Microsoft Word too. Call them what you like either long hyphens or long dashes. The result is the same.

What is a hyphen as explained by Wikipedia –

hyphens by Wikipedia

What is a Hyphen according to the Oxford Dictionary –

  1. Used to join two words together, to join two separated syllables of word broken at end of line, to divide word into parts, to represent hesitant speech, etc.
  2. Join (words) with a hyphen; write (compound word) with hyphen.

Dash according to the Oxford Dictionary –

  1. Hasty pen-stroke; horizontal stroke in writing or printing to mark a break in sense.

What hyphens can look like

A single hyphen is this long –

But a double is this long —

But this does not look as neat and elegant as this one –  or this one —

So how do I get that?

When you need a long hyphen type the word followed by one space then two hyphens and then either press a space followed by a new word, or the enter key to start a new paragraph.

Result 1

One – two

As soon as you finish typing the second word finishing with a space the two hyphens you typed between the two words, changes to a long hyphen.

If you type three hyphens

Result 2

One — two — three

Nothing happens, you just get three hyphens in a row. Maybe in a future upgrade to Word we might get longer and longer hyphens.

When you use the negative on your number key pad, you get the exact same look.

Another way to get a long hyphen

This one produces a hyphen with no space between it and the letters.

Type a word followed by the two hyphens then followed by the next word straight away. In other words do not type a space.

Result 3


Space or no space matters!

Which you use is up to you.

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